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Literature Resource Center

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  1. Literature Resource Center

  2. The Literature Resource Center’s coverage is: • Comprehensive • Biographical & bibliographic coverage of over 130,000 authors • Includes all genres, disciplines, and time periods, from Antiquity to today • Provides essential social, historical, and political context for deeper understanding • Global • Over 17,000 international authors • Current • Daily loads from full-text scholarly journals, literary magazines and trade publications • Biographical & bibliographic information updated weekly • Reference and reprinted criticism from current Gale print titles added as volumes are published • Authoritative • Reference materials & literature criticism from more than 18 Gale series, including award-winners Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and Contemporary Authors • Literary criticism by noted scholars, critics, and other subject experts, from noted scholarly journals and monographs • Balanced • Materials are editorially selected to ensure broad, representative coverage

  3. . . . and the Community College • Get a broad understanding of an author’s life and works • Up-to-date overviews of authors’ lives and works and responses to their writings • Essays by subject experts exploring the historical and social context of author’s lives and of individual works • Research the meaning and interpretation of literary works • Find a broad range of current critical responses from a rich selection of scholarly periodicals and monographs • Trace the critical reception of an author’s work across time • Develop a reading list, course syllabus or coursepack • Identify authors who share characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, nationality, time period, literary movement, or genre • Create links to assigned readings in course management systems like Blackboard and WebCT • The Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography is available as an integrated module

  4. What do customers get for their money with LRC? In addition to the best of full-text literary criticism and reference, part of the great value of LRC is the phenomenal amount of new content that flows into the database throughout the year. Here’s what we added to the Literature Resource Center from August 1, 2005 through July 31, 2006: Coverage of over 4,000 additional authors Bringing the total number of authors with biographical and bibliographic coverage to over 130,000 Over 6,000 additional biographies: 9 volumes of Contemporary Authors 12 volumes of ContemporaryAuthors New Revisions 9 volumes of Dictionary of Literary Biography Over 10,000 additional pieces of editorially selected full-text criticism Representing about 75% of the content (based on availability of online rights) of 110 volumes of the Literature Criticism series, and about 60% of content (based on availability of online rights) of 8 volumes from the For Students series. Over 80,000 additional full-text articles from current scholarly publications, literary magazines and trade journals Including the addition of 20 new journals, of which 18 are peer reviewed. You can find a detailed list of Gale print reference content in LRC on under Database Title Lists. The direct link is This list is updated monthly as new content is loaded to the database. Content in the Scribner and Twayne's modules is also detailed here. A list of full-text periodicals included in LRC is available at the same site. The direct link is As always, let me know if you need additional information or clarification!

  5. Mapping Literature RC to ENGLISH Curriculum American Literature, 1450-1865 Provides a perspective on the evolution of traditional American literature beginning with the writings of the first European explorers and Native American oral tradition. Features selected essays, autobiographical writings, poems, fiction, and drama from the mid-15th century to 1865, including the work of women and ethnic minorities, which have contributed to American thought. Authors include Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  6. Mapping Literature RC to ENGLISH Curriculum American Literature, 1865-Present Provides a perspective on the further development of traditional American literature from 1865 (the Realism period) to contemporary literature. Features selected essays, autobiographical writings, poems, fiction, and drama from the end of the Civil War to the literature of the late 20th century, including the work of women and ethnic minorities, which have profoundly shaped American literature. Authors include Edith Wharton, Frank Norris, T.S. Eliot, and Ernest Hemingway.

  7. Mapping Literature RC to ENGLISH Curriculum British Literature, 1800-1950 This course surveys the poetry, prose, and drama of the major British writers from the Romantics (19th Century) to late 20th Century. The works are selected to reflect the attitudes and values of British culture and the perception of the world from a British point of view. Authors include Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily Brontë, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce.

  8. Mapping Literature RC to ENGLISH Curriculum African-American Literature This course introduces the African-American literary tradition as seen in the literature of the Americas, including the Caribbean. Selections explore the black experience in autobiography, essay, fiction, poetry, and drama. Themes of slavery, colonialism, and the Black Diaspora are discussed. Reading selections include the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary texts. Authors include Olaudah Equiana, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, W.E.B. DuBois, and Charles W. Chesnutt.